Faculty

Inspiring Students: Sustainability + Empowerment + Community
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Dave Roth – CCASD Superintendent

Mr. Roth has been a veteran school administrator in Flagstaff for over 30 years. In his role at Coconino County Accommodation School District he is the educational leader to Ponderosa High School, Coconino County Juvenile Detention and to the Coconino County Jail educational program for those under the age of 18. With the efforts of the highly qualified educators in our school district and the support of county employees, we offer quality educational opportunities to our students and the hope for a better future.

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Laura Swarts – Detention School Teacher

Ms. Swarts earned her Bachelor of Science Degree with a duel major in Elementary Education and Special Education from Northern Arizona University. She attended the University of Phoenix for her graduate work in counseling. She holds a SEI endorsement and is highly qualified in mathematics.

Ms. Swarts has taught in special education for over 30 years. Her special education background is in learning and emotional disabilities. She taught special education in the public school setting before coming to Coconino County Accommodation School District (CCASD).

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Melanie Masek – Special Education Director

Ms. Masek was raised in southern New Mexico, where she attended New Mexico State University before enlisting in the Navy as a medic. Melanie’s 32-year teaching career has taken her from Roy, NM to Albuquerque to Southeast Asia and back to the Southwest and Flagstaff.

Melanie received her Masters Degree in special education from Grand Canyon University and has taught in FUSD as well as the alternative schools of Montessori and Waldorf in Flagstaff. She came to CCASD as special education director in 2011, and has never looked back. Melanie likes all kinds of travel, with road trips currently being her favorite. Ms. Masek likes to spend time in the garden, in her studio, with her animals, and with her husband, though not necessarily in that order.

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John Lee – JDC Transition Counselor

John Lee’s mission is to make a difference in the community in which he lives by using his time, talents and skills to help others live healthier lives. John has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Applied Sociology with an emphasis in Family Studies at Northern Arizona University and currently is working on his Masters of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University.

John is originally from the Bay Area of Northern California, the land of cultural diversity and beauty. John is married and a dad to a 2 1/2 year of daughter and a 4 month old son. John states that the most rewarding part of his job is giving hope to students that come from very challenging situations.

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Ann Cooley – Jail Education Teacher

Ann Cooley has a Masters in both History and Education from Northern Arizona University.  She began teaching art and English at Window Rock High School in Window Rock, AZ on the Navajo Reservation.  She is highly qualified in art, English, and history.  As an art teacher, six students won or placed at the prestigious Gallup, New Mexico Southwest Foundation Art Contest.  Currently, she is teaching at the jail with an emphasis on reading, metacognition, world and American history, art, and culture.

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Jeanie Confer – CCASD Business Manager

Jeanie grew up in Westchester County New York and graduated from a small private school in her home state. Jeanie pursued her dream in 1997 to live in Colorado where she worked in the accounting department at Winter Park Resort.

Jeanie has lived in Flagstaff for 13 years and has worked as a Business Manager for the Hopi Tribe, Northern Arizona University and just recently started her position at Coconino County Accommodation School District. She currently resides in Flagstaff with her dogs Cayenne and Bean and her parrots Homer and Scooter.

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Mary McCarron – CCASD Receptionist/Registrar

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Mary McCarron (Ms. Mac) was born in Garden City Michigan and graduated from Marygrove College in the City of Detroit. She has been a life-long tiger fan. Mary moved to Flagstaff in 1980 and the proud mother of two grown daughters. Mary has worked as a school support staff person since 1995. Mary has been at Ponderosa High School since 2005 and is proud to be a founding member of our school.

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Richard Clark – Custodian/Maintenance

Richard Clark has been the Ponderosa High School custodian/maintenance person since 2009. He has 25 years of expertise in the maintenance and janitorial fields and uses that experience to help Ponderosa High School look its best for our students, parents and staff.

Richard is a proud father of four girls who have grown, moved on to college, and beyond and know first hand the importance of a good education. Richard loves his work at Ponderosa High School and for playing an important role in making our school an excellent educational experience for our students.